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What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is the world's most powerful global computing environment. Ideal for use in engineering, mathematics, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, and a wide range of other fields, it makes possible a new level of automation in algorithmic computation, interactive manipulation, and dynamic presentation--as well as a whole new way of interacting with the world of data.

Features include instant dynamic interactivity, high-impact adaptive visualization, symbolic interface construction, load-on-demand curated data, and more.

Is Mathematica available for my machine's operating system?

Mathematica is available for on-site machines running Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Home-use licenses are available for machines running Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Click here for a complete list of platforms supported.

How do I get a copy of Mathematica?

On-Site Installations

If you wish to install Mathematica at your office or lab location please contact the Help Desk in Information Technology at 317-940-4357 (HELP)or by email at to obtain a license. Prices are below:

  • Network Licenses: FREE

Home Use: Employees

Employees may receive a free home-use Mathematica license for a personally owned computer to continue their work at home. To request a home-use license, please fill out the Home-Use License Request Form. To obtain the Butler University license number for the software, send a request to

Home Use: Students

Students can order their own home-use Mathematica for Students license to install and use on their personally owned computer at the Wolfram web store.

Where do I find instructions to install Mathematica?

Installation instructions can be found below here.

How do I get a password for Mathematica?

When you install MathLM, a single-user Mathematica license, or Mathematica for Students, you will need to register your license to receive a password.

Toll free (U.S. and Canada): +1-877-239-7177
Outside the U.S. and Canada: +1-217-398-5151

To obtain a password for your work machine, you'll need Butler University's site license number (which you received with your license). If installing Mathematica on a personally owned machine, you'll need your home-use license number. You'll also need the MathID # that is generated and displayed by the product during the installation process. Tips for locating your MathID number are posted here.

When does my license expire?

Mathematica expires each year on July 31. To continue using Mathematica, follow the instructions below:

On-site Installations

No action necessary as licenses are managed by a license server.

Home Use - Employees

To continue to use Mathematica, please fill out the Home-Use License Request Form. After you obtain a password extension, you may continue to use the license until July 31 of the following year.

Where can I find documentation for Mathematica?

Full information on the functions, capabilities, and unified structure of the Mathematica system is available online through the Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center.

What other benefits are included with the site license?

Wolfram Workbench

Wolfram Workbench is an integrated development environment (IDE) for building large-scale technical solutions with Mathematica. If you want to develop code written in the Mathematica language, you can request a free copy of Wolfram Workbench. Find out more about Wolfram Workbench here.

webMathematica Amateur

webMathematica Amateur will allow you to create websites that allow users to compute and visualize results directly from a web browser. A limited number of webMathematica Amateur licenses are available for those who wish to showcase their work over the web. To request a license, please contact Help Desk in Information Technology at 317-940-4357 (HELP) or by email at Find out more about webMathematica Amateur here.

The Mathematica Journal

Free online access to The Mathematica Journal is available through Enter Butler University's site license number and click on the link to The Mathematica Journal on this page to read current and past issues posted online.

Discounts on Wolfram Education Group classes and Mathematica conferences

You can receive a 15% discount off the standard price of all Wolfram Education Group classroom-based and online courses. Click here for a complete list of classes and to register. Discounts ranging from 10 to 50% off are also available for select Wolfram Research conferences, presentations, seminars, and other events. Be sure to include Butler University's site license number when you register for these events so you receive your discount.

Where can I learn more about using Mathematica?

To learn about all the key capabilities in Mathematica, sign up for a free online seminar by Wolfram Education Group. If you and your colleagues are interested in a more hands-on experience, Wolfram Research has a schedule of the seminars available.

Where can I find additional Mathematica-related information?

Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center
Full information on the functions, capabilities, and unified structure of the Mathematica system

The Wolfram Demonstrations Project
An expanding collection of free interactive Demonstrations in math, science, and many other areas--at all levels, from elementary education to front-line research

Wolfram Mathematica Player
The free interactive player for Mathematica notebook documents

Mathematica Online Resource Guide
A comprehensive list of Mathematica-related links that includes information on resources, support, training, events, and more

Wolfram Information Center
A variety of resources for all users such as books, tutorials, courseware, and research papers

Technical FAQs
A vast indexed database of frequently asked questions from Wolfram Research's Technical Support department